Blue Mountains City Council




 

Child Restraints - Keep Your Child Safe

The BMCC road safety program offers FREE Child Restraint Checking Day to Blue Mountains residents.

The check is free, but if straps or buckles are required to ensure the safety of the restraint, these are at the expense of the parent /grandparent on the day. Please ensure the restraint being checked or fitted is less than 10 years old and has not been in an accident.

Next Child Restraint Checking Days

  • Dates: Saturday 24 February 2018 and Saturday 26 May 2018
  • Time: 9am-1pm
  • Location: Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Springwood carpark, undercover / lower level.

Places are limited and bookings are essential Call Council’s Road Safety Coordinator 4780 5000.

Further information on keeping your children safe by choosing the correct child restraint can be found at www.childcarseats.com.au  

About Child Restraints
Children up to seven years of age are at least four times as likely to sustain a head injury in a crash when using an adult seatbelt compared with children secured in an appropriate child restraint.

All children up to the age of seven must be safely fastened in the correct restraint for their age and also their size.

 

 

Summary of National Restraint Laws 

  • Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint
  • Children aged between six months and four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint
  • Children aged between four years and seven years must be secured in a forward facing child restraint or booster seat
  • Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows 
  • Children aged between four years and seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat 
  • Children aged between seven years old and 16 years old must use a booster seat if they are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened

Which restraint should I chose?
Many children are killed or injured in car crashes every year. Some of these deaths and injuries could be prevented or reduced if the right child car seat is used correctly. Make the safest choice for your child. Find and compare car seats and restraints using the Child Car Seats website.

Get your restraint fitted safely
You can search for Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Authorised restraint fitters via the RMS website.

Don’t leave children in cars
Children are precious cargo and should never be left alone in a car, even for short periods. They are in danger of:

  • Heat stress and dehydration – parked cars can heat up quickly, even with windows wound down slightly.
  • Burns from hot seatbelt buckles and vinyl fittings.
  • Playing with car controls – such as hand brakes, gear levers, cigarette lighters, power windows and the ignition.
  • Car thieves.

It is illegal to leave a child unattended in a car where they might be in distress or their health is in danger. Read more about passenger safety and kids and traffic.

Seatbelts
Although it has been compulsory to wear seatbelts in NSW since 1971, each year on average there are more than 50 people killed and 300 injured who were not wearing seatbelts. These deaths and injuries could have been prevented if seatbelts had been used.

Seatbelts save lives. Seatbelts Frequently Asked Questions.